Fellow of Practice Program


The Public Policy Center (PPC) Fellow of Practice program is designed to recognize the contributions of faculty and non-faculty who are not actively involved in research but are significantly involved in other policy related activities or other missions of the PPC. The title associated with the Program is a public acknowledgement of these contributions.

Faculty and others with secondary or complimentary appointments at the PPC, who are actively involved in the activities of the Center, are eligible for the title Faculty Fellow of Practice (Fellow). The primary benefits of being a Fellow are the numerous opportunities for support, interaction, collaboration, and relationship-building. Being a Fellow is a renewable term appointment. Faculty with secondary or complimentary appointments can self-select into this category if they are interested in both the benefits of being a Fellow and believe they can meet the Program expectations during their appointment term.

  1. Faculty Research Fellow titles correspond with academic rank:
  2. Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Adjunct, or similar – Fellow of Practice
  3. Associate and Full Professor (first ten years) – Senior Fellow of Practice
  4. Full Professor (>10 years) – Distinguished Fellow of Practice

Benefits of being a PPC Fellow of Practice

  1. Opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and relationship-building with others on campus doing work related to our missions.
  2. Preliminary development, editing, layout and submission support for writing policy briefs, reports, and journal manuscripts.
  3. Promotion of professional awards; media appearances; and other activities via the PPC website, social media, and a wide email distribution channel.
  4. Opportunities to coordinate or participate in PPC engagement events such as symposia and speakers as part of the Forkenbrock Series.
  5. Invitations to all PPC-hosted or co-sponsored engagement events.
  6. Temporary swing space at the PPC (by appointment) for either collaborative team meetings or individual research in a supportive, quiet environment.

Expectations associated with being a PPC Fellow of Practice

The general expectation associated with being a PPC Fellow is that you are interested in and willing to be an active member of the community of scholars associated with the PPC and that you participate in events and activities associated with the PPC.

  1. On a regular basis this includes:
    1. Acknowledge your designation as a “Fellow of Practice at the UI Public Policy Center” wherever you deem it appropriate, such as on your CV; email and letter signature blocks; and on policy-relevant research publications and grant submissions.
    2. Provide updates on your activities to PPC staff so this can be promoted on your behalf. At a minimum, this information should be shared each summer for inclusion in the PPC’s annual report. More frequent updates will allow the PPC to post this information on social media platforms, the PPC website, through UI strategic communications, etc.
  2. Some combination of the following activities is expected during your renewable appointment term, as schedules allow, to provide visible and constructive engagement with the PPC:
    1. Produce a PPC Policy Brief or report based on your activities. The PPC can assist with drafting, editing, and the layout of policy briefs, as needed; all editorial control remains with the lead author.
    2. Participate in organizing, or attending, a PPC engagement or research event.
    3. Attend a PPC staff meeting to share current activities with the group.

For more information, or to talk about becoming a PPC Fellow of Practice, please contact the PPC Director, Peter-Damiano@uiowa.edu.